Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ночной дозор


(Russian Version of the Poster)

Без субтитров, я не понимаю ничего. Фильм называется <<Ночной дозор.>> Действие фильма происходит в Москве. Мне понравился этот фильм. Он о войне, свет против тьмы и как один человек сражается на стороне света. 

Glossary
дозор - watch 
субтитры - subtitles
против  - against
тьма - darkness
сражается на стороне света - fighting on the side of light



(English Version of the Poster)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Birthday - 31

This past March 6, I turned 31. I didn't really feel bad about growing older. Mostly, this seems to be because I feel like I am progressing in different physical, financial, and emotional goals. It doesn't seem to me like things are getting progressively worse, but rather progressively better. My handball game is the best it's ever been. Even if I didn't make as much money last year as I did as an employee, I am learning every day about sales, marketing, customer management, different types of start ups, as well as tons of new technical skills. PLUS, things have been going very well financially for 2014 so far.



My girlfriend, and my family, made my birthday fun and enjoyable. Lyric did an outstanding job on making my favorite dinner (sweet and sour chicken), blue Gatorade, well as a birthday cake.

I think it's nice when Lyric wears a pretty dress and makes me an awesome dinner. I appreciate it a lot. 





 She made me slippers which I can be seen wearing constantly.

Lyric give me a bunch of presents that I really needed! She gave me a set of glass bowls with Tupperware top that I am opening in the above picture...

... an organizer that contained small fasteners for my workshop...

...and the best present of fixing my road bike! I wrecked this road bike a few years ago, and was slowly cannibalizing it for parts for my other road bike. The road bike was stolen, and I'd been slowly rebuilding the bike. The hub was the last part I needed to replace, and she had it replaced for me!



 Here is a quick video of my cake. Unfortunately, Lyric stopped singing when she realized I was recording. She has a good voice!
The next weekend I was down in Silver City, helping my parents out with their Windows network. For my birthday, they gave me what every little boy always wanted - a robot friend! This was a Roomba 650, and it keeps my floors cleaner than they have ever been before. Basically, I never have to sweep or vacuum anymore.


Roomba 650


All in all, this was the most fun birthday I've had in a long time. Lyric goes to a lot of work, and is herself excited about many things, which makes them more fun in general.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Мой самый любимый фильм


Мой самый любимый фильм

Я не люблю ходить в кино. Я люблю смотреть пьесы (театр). Иногда я хожу, смотреть, как моя бывшая девушка танцует бурлеск (я смотрю с моей девушкой.) Это немного странно…

Обычно я хожу в кино ночью. Всегда угощаю мою подругу. Мне нравится смотреть Нетфликс больше, чем телевизор или фильмы. У меня есть компьютер, но нет телевизора. Сидеть дома намного дешевле, чем ходить в кино. Наверное я люблю американские фильмы больше, чем иностранные фильмы. Естественно мне нравятся гангстерские саги. Я просто шучу, мне нравятся научно-фантастические фильмы.

Мой самый любимый фильм называется «Звёздная пыль» (“Star Dust”.) Клэр Дэйнс, Роберт Де Ниро и какой-то человек, которого я не знаю, в нём играют. Фильм был написан Нилом Гейнманом. Это смесь фантастических, романтических и комических элементов. Я смотрел его у подруги дома. Я его посмотрел один раз. Мне нравится, потому что мне это смешно, и моей подруге нравится.

бывшая - former
странно - strange
наверное - surely
Естественно - naturally
гангстерские саги - gangster sagas
просто шучу - just kidding
смесь - mix
смешно - funny
грязь - grime that gets everywhere * interesting term my friend taught me

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Backup Procedure


I just started helping a new client backup their data. This blog post will show in easy-to-follow steps how to perform this backup manually. Eventually, it would be a very good idea to automate this process, but for now manual backups are better than no backups.

First, make sure an external hard drive is connected to your server.

You can see it is on by the green light on top.

 After the hard drive is connected, navigate to the external hard drive by clicking on "my computer"


Then click on the "ExtBackup E:" icon

Then click on "Backup"

Once you are inside backup, right click to make a new folder for today. I like to name them "year.month.day" so that sorting them is easier.

Then, double click on the newly created folder.


After that, click on my computer again to open a new window, and type in "D:\FedAb\shared\Interfasys\ClaimKeep\CK_data" into the address bar up top (you can copy and paste it from between the quotes in this blog.)


Once you are there, copy all three files by selecting them, right clicking, and pressing "copy."


Then, in your other window, press "paste" and you have completed your backup!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Colorado State Singles Handball - 2x

This past January 10-12 my girlfriend Lyric and I went to Arvada, Colorado for me to play in the Colorado State Singles tournament. The previous year, my friend Oleg and I attended the same tournament (blog post coming soon with that!) The tournament is run by a number of friendly handball players, and it is a pleasant change scenery and nice to spend time in Arvada.

This was probably my worst performance in a handball tournament in the past three years, but the trip was still enjoyable. I was sick with a cough, and constantly tell myself that in order to play well, I need to drive up, or fly, the day before. We drove up the day of the first match, and I warmed up for about 15 minutes after driving for six and a half hours. Plus, I moved up a division from "B's" to "A's." So, I lost every tournament game and was quickly eliminated.




  
This reminded me of my paintball days. 

Lyric organized all aspects of the trip. She picked out a very cool, and inexpensive, bed and breakfast from the website airbandb. The place we stayed was about the same price of a Motel 6, but it didn't have any of the sketchy-ness associated with Motel 6. It was a fully converted basement from a friendly, older couple. They have TONS of space available now that their seven boys grew up and moved out. As well as picking out our lodging, Lyric also packed us burritos, sandwiches, fruit, Gatoraid / Poweraid drinks (from powder, since I am cheap.) My least favorite part of traveling is eating crap, and filling my body with a bunch of expensive, low quality, high fat, food. Lyric made sure that this didn't happen.

In addition to the tournament, we went out to dinner with Lyric's friend from Texas and her friend's friend, as well as going out to breakfast and lunch (with a Groupon!)

After Dinner 

Lyric enjoying a Groupon-fueled mimosa.

I'm really glad Lyric pushed us to see the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Normally when I go on handball-vacations, I am extremely focused and basically don't do anything except my best to compete at the top of my game. Since the competition didn't work out quite so well, it was nice to have tourist-y things to do together.













 I love those red pink pants my mom gave me before starting graduate school (7 years ago...) The Jessie Pinkman hoodie she gave me for Christmas (1 month ago) matches them well.

 I try not to take pictures of random kids I don't know, but this little dude looked awed climbing around all the rocks.

Walking around at first, I was like "Where is the amphitheater? This is the side of a mountain...?" and then you keep walking, and see a gigantic amphitheater.




This trip was a lot of fun, mostly because of my girlfriend Lyric and her suggestions about activities.